Earl (Jason Lee, “Almost Famous,” “Chasing Amy”) has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events. Earl won a small lottery, and, after an epiphany, he is determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past.
To date, the comedy has received the People’s Choice Award, two Television Critics Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Emmy Awards for writing, directing, casting and editing. Once again, this season, “Earl” will anchor the Thursday-night lineup.
Joining Earl on his quest to cleanse his karma are a few dim-witted friends including hapless brother Randy (Ethan Suplee, “Cold Mountain”) and the very sexy Catalina (Nadine Velazquez, “The Bold and the Beautiful”). Even Darnell (Eddie Steeples, “Torque”), an employee of the Crab Shack where Earl drinks beer, offers his support. But it’s Earl’s ex-wife Joy (Jaime Pressly, “Not Another Teen Movie”) who won’t lift a finger to help unless there’s something in it for her.
Despite his seemingly limited intelligence, Earl is oddly effective — and the third-year series, like its namesake, has a voice and style all its own. Created and written by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“Yes, Dear”), “My Name Is Earl” is executive-produced by Garcia, and Bobby Bowman (“Yes, Dear”). The series is produced by Amigos de Garcia and Twentieth Century Fox Television.